What was your first job in the realty industry? I started my real estate career in 2001 out as a residential loan officer for Dunnrite Mortgage in Springfield, Massachusetts. This experience allowed me to gain a vast knowledge of the mortgage brokerage side of the residential real estate business. From there, I went on to obtain my real estate License from Barney Fletcher Schools of Real Estate in 2009, and made the jump to the residential real estate sales side with BH&G RE Metrobrokers.
Where did you grow up? I grew up Springfield, Massachusetts, famously known as the birth place of basketball and for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Running and reading; I recently completed my first half marathon.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Work out, exercise and jog.
Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be in the music business – a producer, concert promoter or manager.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Warren Buffett. Why? because of his business savvy and his vast knowledge on investments. Furthermore, I would like to adapt more of his principals on acquiring wealth, philanthropy and giving back to society; I think he is spectacular in that regard. No. 2 would have to be President Obama.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Anywhere in South Beach (Miami). Love the atmosphere, opulence and beautiful beaches. I try and go every chance I get.
What do you love most about the industry? I love the ability to truly help others obtain a home for the first time, or investors attain financial gains from the real estate market. It is gratifying to be in a position to serve others.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I specialize in working with investors who want to take advantage of the opportunities that we have in today’s market. I provide a one-stop shop for my investors clients who work with me, from procurement, to management to the sale of the property. My insight & resources places me a step above others.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? I would have to say whenever a deal falls apart that is out of the control of the buyer or the seller. Lets say, for example, the home does not appraise, and as a result, the sale is canceled. We agents work so hard to make deals happen, and anytime we miss out, it is hard to deal with. However, we dust ourselves off and keep it moving.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? GAREA, ATLREA and Networking in ATL.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Obtaining my brokers license and starting my own firm.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? If I was to recommend a book to someone it would be the “Richest Man in Babylon.” Great self-help book on wealth.
What is your favorite restaurant? Eclipse Di Luna.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The Bank of America Pencil building. It can be spotted for miles away, and when you see it, you recognize what it looks like right away.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Nissan Titan truck.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Houston.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? The sky is the limit in this industry!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Google Maps is the best thing since sliced bread! I use it religiously to aid in finding properties and street view.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Real estate expert Jay Morrison and Dean Graziosi; for comedy, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.
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